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Huston eager to build on Olympic qualification by sealing Euro joy

 

By Steven Beacom

Belfast archery hero Patrick Huston has his sights set on glory at the European Games after helping Great Britain qualify for next year's Olympics.

Huston is one of a number of Northern Ireland stars hoping to shine in Minsk at the multi-sports event which starts tomorrow and ends on June 30.

Michael O'Neill's footballers were successful during their recent trip to Belarus in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with Paddy McNair scoring a late winner to cement Northern Ireland's place as group leaders.

Huston would love to follow suit and come out tops with his team.

As was the case when Huston competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics, archery opens up the 2019 European Games.

Along with fellow recurvers Tom Hall and Alex Wise at last week's World Championships in the Netherlands, Huston helped GB qualify the full quota of three places for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

"Both the GB men's and women's teams secured Olympic places at the World Championships and our women took bronze, so in Minsk for the European Games we will be in confident mood," said Huston, a three time World Junior Champion.

Among the other Northern Ireland stars planning to make a mark in Minsk are boxer Michaela Walsh and cyclist Mark Downey, who will compete for Ireland.

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